Short summer night.
A dewdrop
On the back of a hairy caterpillar.

—Yosa Buson (1716 - 1784)

Translated by Ryu Yotsuya. Originally published at Ryu's History of Haiku site.

Used by permission of the translator.

About the author: Buson (1716-1784) was one of the greatest Japanese painters of all time and a leading master of haikai. For more on Buson, click here.


Responses to the haiku for 21 June 2002 by Yosa Buson (1716 - 1784)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-10-16 06:37:51

    a goodbye
    one final kiss ...
    too short the summer night

    Narayanan (mahashishta at hotmail dot com)
    2004-01-02 12:09:32

    hairy caterpillars
    wriggle free luminous in
    vast cosmic delights ~

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-05-29 17:46:43

    on a single thread --
    mosquito head to head